Department of Computer Science

Computing education research and educational technology

Computer science, psychology, and education.
Education technology used in class room, symbolic illustration by Matti Ahlgren

Computing education research (CER) contributes scientific knowledge about the learning and teaching of computer programming and other areas of computing education; develops software tools, pedagogies, and theoretical models to help computing students and teachers; and evaluates such tools, pedagogies, and models empirically.

CER is an interdisciplinary field at the cross-section of computer science, psychology, and education.

We develop and apply educational technology, learning analytics and educational data mining to improve computing education as well as other fields of education.

Research topics: Computing education research, learning analytics, educational technology.

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Latest publications

Time-constrained Code Recall Tasks for Monitoring the Development of Programming Plans

Ava Heinonen, Arto Hellas 2023 SIGCSE 2023 - Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Automated Questionnaires About Students’ JavaScript Programs: Towards Gauging Novice Programming Processes

Teemu Lehtinen, Lassi Haaranen, Juho Leinonen 2023 Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Computing Education Conference

Development and Use of Domain-Specific Learning Theories, Models and Instruments in Computing Education

Lauri Malmi, Judy Sheard, Päivi Kinnunen, Jane Sinclair 2023 ACM Transactions on Computing Education

Editorial for the Second Special Issue on “Conceptualizing and Using Theory in Computing Education Research”

Lauri Malmi, Josh Tenenberg 2023 ACM Transactions on Computing Education

Reflections on Theory

Lauri Malmi 2023 ACM Transactions on Computing Education

Experiences from Learnersourcing SQL Exercises: Do They Cover Course Topics and Do Students Use Them?

Nea Pirttinen, Arto Hellas, Juho Leinonen 2023 ACE 2023 - Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Computing Education Conference, Held in conjunction with Australasian Computer Science Week

Lessons Learned From Four Computing Education Crowdsourcing Systems

Nea Pirttinen, Paul Denny, Arto Hellas, Juho Leinonen 2023 IEEE Access

Virtual Reality Childbirth Education With 360° Videos

Marjaana Siivola, Eero Tiainen, Eeva Ekholm, Teemu Leinonen, Lauri Malmi 2023 Journal of Perinatal Education

A Study of Worked Examples for SQL Programming

Kamil Akhuseyinoglu, Ryan Hardt, Jordan Barria-Pineda, Peter Brusilovsky, Kerttu Pollari-Malmi, Teemu Sirkiä, Lauri Malmi 2022 ITiCSE 2022 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

From a National Meeting to an International Conference

Mikko Apiola, Sonsoles Lopez-Pernas, Mohammed Saqr, Arnold Pears, Mats Daniels, Lauri Malmi, Matti Tedre 2022 IEEE Access
More information on our research in the Research database.
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